The Baccarat Crystal company has played a significant role in the artistic development of Guerlain's exquisite bottles. Since the beginning of the 20th century, many of Guerlain's bottles were designed in close collaboration with Baccarat, and all of Guerlain's most famous bottles have been produced in a Baccarat crystal edition. Although today's perfumes are sold in more affordable glass bottles, Guerlain is still working with Baccarat to produce exclusive editions for perfume collectors.
Collecting rare objects has never been a viable hobby for those on a budget, but recent years have witnessed a boom in Baccarat's prices, making Guerlain's crystal editions unattainable to all but the most wealthy collectors. In 2005, the Baccarat edition of the quadrilobe bottle, containing 500 ml of the perfume Plus Que Jamais Guerlain, was priced at the now seemingly reasonable 1,500 €, and in 2007, Candide Effluve was reissued in the 60 ml smoke brown Baccarat bottle, priced at 2,000 €. The price of crystal started to boom in 2008, when on the occasion of Guerlain's 180th anniversary Parfum des Champs-Elysées was relaunched in a 500 ml tortoise bottle for 10,000 €. Fast forward to 2014, and the 190 ml size of the gilded bow tie bottle for Coque d'Or came with a 17,000 € price tag! In 2015, the tortoise bottle is being reissued once again, this time in a 60 ml version priced at 9,500 €.
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